Dates for your diary

Join us on 2 February for a night of performance, celebrating local talent from Kingston’s communities. All in aid of the Mayor’s Charities, Kingston Samaritans, Creative Youth and Kingston Race and Equalities Council. Tickets are available from the Rose Theatre.

On 5 February at 7pm the Mayor is holding a Turkish Delight Night at local restaurant, Cappadocia, with mystery guests, bellydancing and excellent food. Tickets are just £29.50 per person and are available through the Mayor’s Office at or from Cappadocia restaurant.

Creative Youth welcomes new International Youth Arts Festival Director

International Youth Arts Festival Director, Petra Tauscher


Petra Jane Tauscher has been appointed the new Festival Director of the International Youth Arts Festival, Kingston Upon Thames.  

The Festival, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, is the UK’s largest international multi-arts festival for young and emerging artists with 200 events over 10 days.  

Petra joins IYAF from Manchester’s international contemporary cross art venue, HOME, which opened in 2015. As the Dramaturg and Creative Producer from its early conception in 2013, she contributed to shaping and launching its vision. Prior to joining HOME Petra was Head of Drama Development at Atlantic Productions, a major international independent television and film company, and spent a number of years working in theatre and film across Europe and the UK, in organisations such as the Berlin Ensemble, the Barbican and the BBC as a creative producer and dramaturg  

Louise Coles, CEO of Creative Youth – the charity behind IYAF – said ‘We’re delighted to have someone of Petra’s calibre at the helm as IYAF enters its eleventh year. Petra’s considerable creative talent, experience and fresh approach makes her the perfect candidate to build on the Festival’s reputation as the place to see the very best young, creative talent.’  

Petra Jane Tauscher said: ‘IYAF has achieved so much in just 10 years drawing audiences and artists with its buzzing, eclectic summer festival which crosses artforms and cultures.  I am delighted to have the opportunity to build on that excellent work and continue to create a bold, diverse and engaging international programme, which celebrates and supports young and emerging artists responding to the world today.’   

Robin Hutchinson, Chair of Creative Youth said, ‘We’re excited to welcome Petra as part of the team. We’re proud of what Creative Youth and IYAF has achieved over the last ten years and look forward to having someone of Petra’s vision and talent on board.’ 

Mayor’s Charity of 2018 – 19

We are delighted to announce that we are one of the Mayor’s Charities for 2018 – 19. He will be supporting Creative Youth, Kingston Samaritans and Kingston Race & Equalities Council during his mayoral year.

2018 marks the 10th year of the International Youth Arts Festival and it is fantastic to receive the Mayor Thay Thayalan’s support at this key time for the charity.

You can read the Mayor’s announcement here.

Join us at the Creative Youth Annual Gala Dinner


For over a decade, Creative Youth and the International Youth Arts Festival have been inspiring, supporting and fostering young talent. None of this would have been possible without your support and continued involvement.

We would like to invite you to join us at the Creative Youth Annual Gala Dinner on 3 December. The black tie event features first rate entertainment from some of our young performers and we would be delighted if you were able to join us for a wonderful evening.

The dinner will take place at Glenmore House in Surbiton from 6.30pm on Monday 3 December 2018. Tickets are £100 per person or £900 for a table of ten. This includes sparkling wine and canapes on arrival, a fantastic 2-course meal (with half a bottle of wine) followed by coffee, dessert and fun!

Please email to secure your place. If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to email us or contact our office on 020 8549 2120.

We really hope you can join us for what promises to be an evening of top quality talent, superb food and hearty laughter.

International Youth Arts Festival: Design Competition Launched

International Youth Arts Festival Kingston
Design Competition Launched  








  • Competition to design official artwork for the 11th International Youth Arts Festival 
  • Open to designers aged 16 – 26 who live or study in the UK  
  • Winner receives £500 prize and professional mentoring  

The International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF), Kingston has launched its Young Designer Competition 2019.  

The competition gives designers aged 16 – 26 years old, who live or study in the UK, the chance to design the official artwork for IYAF 2019.  

 IYAF brings some of the best young talent from around the world to Kingston for a week of inventive, inspiring and groundbreaking theatre, music and dance. The  Festival will run from 5 – 14 July 2019 at venues across Kingston.  

The successful design will be used for the 100-page Festival brochure, branding and promotional materials. The winner will also receive a £500 prize and mentoring from a professional designer.   

Louise Coles, CEO of Creative Youth, said: ‘We have celebrated 10 years of IYAF and are now looking for a new contemporary design style and vision to take us into the next 10 years. We want bold, brilliant designs which capture the creative talent and buzz which IYAF brings to Kingston each summer.’  

More details and application guidelines here
See 2018’s winning design, by Belle Junput, here.

 For more information contact 

Twitter: @IYAF #IYAF